Sunday, August 14, 2011

Diary of Cruise with Chris to Greek Isles

Virtual Cruise with Chris

12-Night Mediterranean
& Greek Isles Cruise

Star Princess

May 30 - June 11, 2011

Our 12-Night Mediterranean & Greek Isles Cruise began in Rome, Italy with a two night pre-cruise stay.  We then took a train to Civitavecchia, Italy, where we boarded Princess Cruises' Star Princess for our cruise throughout the region.   The cruise concluded with an overnight stay in Venice, Italy.   The next morning we departed Venice for Rome via train for another day exploring the eternal city before heading home the next morning.   Click on the Blog Posts and FB Photo Albums to virtually journey with us on our trip.

Port Blog Posts Photo Albums
1 Pre-Cruise Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Our Rome Adventure Begins
Day 1 Pre-cruise in Rome
Exploring Palatine Hill and Roman Forum
When in Rome
Relaxing at Trevi Fountain
Visiting Vatican Museum
St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican
Special Vatican Exhibit Pope John Paul II
Walking Tour of Rome from Vatican
As Night Falls in Rome
Rome to Civitavecchia by Train
Sail Away From Civitavecchia
Rome - Colosseum Album
Palatine Hill - Roman Forum
Trevi Fountain
Vatican Museum Line
Vatican Museum Part 2
St. Peter's Vatican
Pope John Paul II Exhibit
Walking from Vatican
Piazza Navona 
Rome at Night

Monte Carlo, Monaco Cruising to Monte Carlo Monaco
Monaco Grand Prix Track
Excursion to Eze
Monte Carlo
Off the Beaten Path - Eze
3 Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy Off the Beaten Path Lucca Italy Lucca - Walking Tour 
Lucca - Church of San Michele in Foro 
Lucca Duomo (Cathedral of St Martin )
4 Naples/Capri, Italy Naples/Capri, Italy
Amalfi Coastal Cruise
Exploring A Lost City
From Ancient Ruins to Shells in Napoli

Naples/Capri Arrival
Drive to Salerno
Amalfi Coastal Cruise
Exploring Amalfi
Drive to Pompeii / Lunch

Exploring Pompeii
Cameo Factory
5 At Sea Star Princess Main Dining Room Star Princess Food
6 Santorini, Greece SantoWines Santorini Greece
Village of Oia, Santorini Greece
Continuing Santorini Exploration in Fira
Sunset on Santorini
Santo Winery - Santorini
Drive to Oia - Santorini
Village of Oia
Village of Fira
Santorini Sunset
7 Mykonos, Greece Images of Mykonos
Kalafati Beach in Mykonos
Panagia Tourliani Monastery
Mykonos Windmills and Little Venice
Mykonos Town Walking Tour
Meet Petros - Mascot of Mykonos
A Man and His Donkey
Kalafati Beach
Panagia Tourliani Monastery
Returning to Port of Mykonos
Mykonos Countryside
Mykonos Walking Tour
8 Athens (Piraeus), Greece The Acropolis a Journey Into Antiquity
Plaka The Neighborhood of the Gods
Lunch at Metropolitan Hotel Athens
Athens City of Contrasts
Along The Attica Coast
Temple of Poseidon Overlooks Aegean Sea 
The Acropolis
The Plaka
Lunch Buffet - Athens
Central Athens
Scenic Attica Coast 
Temple of Poseidon
9 Katakolon (Olympia), Greece Step Back in Time to Ancient Olympia Ancient Olympia Archeological Site
10 Corfu, Greece Achilleion Palace Corfu Achilleion Palace
Corfu Town
11 Split, Croatia Off the Beaten Path Krka National Park
12 Venice, Italy

13 Venice, Italy
Rome, Italy
Venice Cruise Terminal to Pizzale Roma
People Mover from Cruise Terminal
Arriving Back in Rome 

As you can see from the itinerary, this was a very port intensive cruise vacation.  As usual, when we travel "over the pond" to Europe, we like to arrive a couple days early so that we can extend our time there while getting accustomed to the time change.  In order to obtain round-trip airline tickets, it was necessary to return to Rome, Italy from Venice following the cruise.   This allowed us to spend another day in Rome and also made the trip a lot less stressful since we didn't have to worry about missing our flight home.

We hope that you enjoy your virtual journey with us to the Greek Isles.   As you can see, we haven't completed all the ports of call yet, so be sure to visit again for the updates.  Even better, "Like" us on Facebook so that you'll be notified as we post more pictures and stories.

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